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MLRI: CORI: Basics of the NEW Criminal Justice Reform Law

  • Product Number: 2200077P01
  • CLE Credits, earn up to:
    4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits CLE Credit Note
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    This seminar provides an overview of criminal justice reform that became effective in October 2018, as related to criminal offender record information (CORI), employment, driver licenses, housing and other collateral consequences. Topics include: changes in the waiting periods for sealing of cases; sealing of newly decriminalized offenses; the new juvenile and adult expungement laws; new chapter 151B anti-discrimination provisions; new negligent applicant screening protections for employers and landlords, and other provisions. We also cover the basics of how to seal and expunge records. Massachusetts keeps “CORI” on every individual who has a criminal case in a Massachusetts state court. CORI is recorded and kept on file even if the underlying case is ultimately dismissed or the accused is found not guilty. CORI is used in screening processes by employers, landlords, government agencies, and others. Clients with criminal records face barriers to employment, housing, benefits and other opportunities for economic stability. This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the new law or get a refresher course on the basics of CORI.

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    Ventura Dennis, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Sophia Hall, Esq., Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Economic Justice, Boston
    Susan Malouin, Esq., Northeast Legal Aid/Lawrence, Lawrence
    James M. McCreight, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston